|We have almost come to the end of 2016, which has been an exciting year for us at Participatory Development Associates (www.pdaghana.com). As is our tradition, this is the time of year that we take pleasure in reaching out to you our valued clients and associates to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation for your interest and support, which contributed to making 2016 an eventful year for us. It is with your support that we can really stand tall and say...everyone matters.|
We would also like to take this opportunity to share some 2016 highlights for few of PDA’s units with you.
We wish you a peaceful and refreshing time over the Christmas holidays and we look forward to continued collaboration in the New Year.
As a development organisation that is committed to and interested in working on processes that seek to strengthen and secure the rights of citizens, research is a key component of our work. The Research Unit plays a critical role in knowledge development and capacity building by conducting policy-influencing research and consultancies into a variety of socioeconomic themes that are relevant to the growth, development and poverty reduction in Ghana and Africa.
At PDA we believe that everyone matters and so participatory methods are key in our qualitative research. In 2016 we have also built our capacity for quantitative work and have used mixed methods in several of our projects and assignments.
The Research Unit over the years has conducted research and consultancy assignments on a range of topics including but not limited to decentralisation, youth development, issues on governance, policy analysis and advocacy, impact evaluation, poverty and social assessments, reproductive health including HIV/AIDS, gender and development, education, agriculture, and climate change.
Ongoing Research Assignments for 2016/2017
1. Evaluation of Connecting Classroom 3 Project implemented by the British Council in Ghana (Client: Oxford Policy Management and British Council)
2. External evaluation of mobile phone technology based nutrition and agriculture advisory services in Africa and South Asia (Client: Institute for Development Studies, IDS)
5. Research into School Governance from Gendered Perspective (Client: CAMFED)
Other research assignments completed in 2016
1.Assessment of a Mobile Application for Helping Health Providers Deliver Better Services to Adolescents (Palladium)
2.Survey on Burn Injuries in Ghana (Client: InterBurns)
4.Ten Years On: Evaluation of Challenging Heights Programmes and Activities over the last decade (Clients: Challenging Heights)
Community Driven Development Unit
1. Youth Forward Initiative Learning Partnership
The Youth Forward initiative aims to improve the capacity of hundreds of thousands of young women and men in Ghana and Uganda to get jobs, grow their businesses and access finance to expand the opportunities available to them. This programme is in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation and implemented by four consortia comprising 28 organisations in the agriculture and construction sectors. The Youth Forward Learning Partnership is led by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), UK. PDA leads the learning activities in Ghana. The learning partnership works across the programme to develop an evidence-based understanding of the needs of young people in Ghana and Uganda and how the programme can best meet those needs. This is done through three complementary activity streams: knowledge development, knowledge sharing and multi-sectorial dialogue.Read more here…
2. Facilitation of rural community development in PASE communities
The CDD is fostering a stronger working relationship with communities within the operational areas of PDA Agro-industry and Social Enterprise (PASE). While PASE focuses on agribusiness and providing support to smallholder farmers in best management practices in oil palm to increase farm yields, CDD facilitates participation, capacity development and empowerment of these communities to take charge of their own development processes. In 2017, CDD will focus its activities on: youth and adult literacy, financial inclusion, gender equity and social inclusion, community capacity enhancement to hold service providers/duty bearers accountable, climate change and community resilience and adaptation capacity building.
Institute for Development Practice and Management
The Institute of for Development Practice and Management (IDPM) is the part of PDA responsible for training and building the capacity of development practitioners. The Institute offers a platform where development practitioners can come to learn and share ideas, skills and knowledge for development, reflect on practice and find new ways to create and innovate. It welcomes beginners and wise sages, offering a rich mix of events and programmes to stimulate higher standards of development practice within Ghana and West Africa.
Since its inception in April 2011, IDPM has trained participants – both individually funded and organisation sponsored - from all over Africa. These development related programmes include: Participatory Approaches to Working with Communities, Community-Driven Development, Impact Evaluation, Outcome Mapping and Discourse in Gender. IDPM collaborates with both local and international institutions, resource persons, and consultants to ensure programmes are internationally relevant, practical and of high standards. Some beneficiaries include: the Government of Ghana, UNDP, World Vision, SNV, VSO, and Sight Savers among a long list of Ghanaian and foreign-based organisations.
In 2016, IDPM hosted a 3-day Outcome Mapping training course in July. The 3-day course held at the University of Ghana Campus was facilitated by Steff Deprez, an Outcome Mapping Learning Community steward and consultant. The workshop had representatives from Mali, Malawi and Ghana.
IDPM is currently carrying out training for about 300 members of the security services in the Central, Greater Accra and Volta regions in Ghana. The project, sponsored by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), intends to build the capacity of the participants on the protocols for identifying and screening victims of trafficking, with a special focus on children.